Handcrafted saucer, diameter: 4.92inch (12.5cm)
Traditional Yamanaka Nuri lacquer craft
Yamanaka Nuri is well known for high quality lacquer ware. Yamanaka is located in Ishikawa Prefecture and faces the Sea of Japan. It is about 200km (124miles) from Kyoto, which had been the MIYAKO capital of Japan for over a thousand years. There are many sophisticated works in Yamanaka Nuri lacquer craft.
Especially remarkable aspects of these Chataku saucers are wood grain beauty of KEYAKI Japanese zelkova, a type of elm tree, and natural and simple atmosphere. Japanese artisans use KEYAKI for traditional wooden lacquer because the wood is strong and the grain is quite beautiful.
RYUBOKU means driftwood and hints WABI SABI atmosphere in Japanese. These CHATAKU are designed in the motif of driftwood. The rim, top surface, center, side, and base are all designed with natural and simple atmosphere, which brings out the beauty of Japanese zelkova. Surface is charred, which tends to strengthen the surface against damage. Though the design is precisely opposite to elegant style like our HAZORI TAME CHATAKU, polar opposites are both quite beautiful.
For these CHATAKU, beeswax called MITSUROH is used instead of URUSHI lacquer. It is said that the use of MITSUROH beeswax began several hundred years ago around the same time as lacquer ware in the Yamanaka area. MITSUROH is made from beeswax instead of URUSHI lacquer by a production method like URUSHI lacquer. And the processing method is the same as lacquer ware too. This Chataku is coated with beeswax three times. Same with true lacquer ware, true MITSUROH ware gains a beautiful patina over time and through repeated use.
The size of these Chataku is medium to large, a little bit larger than average. So, these saucer fit both small and large size Yunomi (tea cup). And atmosphere of these Chataku matches both with sophisticated Yunomi like Kyo-Yaki and well-made earthenware like Shigaraki-Yaki.
Specially packaged in a special carton box.
Made in Japan.
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